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Jez
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1 of 14  Fri 19th Jun 2020 10:36pm  
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This is an odd one but I’m trying to find a surname and address associated with a Coventry phone number from 1987. The phone number was Coventry 79786 I know it’s a bit of a long shot but does anyone know how I can finding this information?
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bohica
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2 of 14  Sat 20th Jun 2020 12:06am  
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Jez, I may be wrong but I thought phone numbers from that era had 6 digits? If pushed, I might guess that it's a Hillfields number, if that's any help? Edited by member, 20th Jun 2020 12:11 am
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VernonDudleyBohay-Nowell
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3 of 14  Sat 20th Jun 2020 9:04am  
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It's a number from Earlsdon exchange
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Helen F
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4 of 14  Sat 20th Jun 2020 11:23am  
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Hi Jez, welcome to the forum. Wave Hope that someone can help. I think that there are sources of historic phone books but usually you have to know the name not the number. I know that my Longford number had 6 digits in 1991.
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VernonDudleyBohay-Nowell
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5 of 14  Sat 20th Jun 2020 11:48am  
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In 1987, Earlsdon exchange had numbers in the 7XXXX range and also in the 71XXXX range
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Slim
Another Coventry kid
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6 of 14  Sat 20th Jun 2020 12:04pm  
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My friend's dad worked at the Little Park St exchange as an engineer, and he told me that all the numbers in Earlsdon started with 7. Of course, they were only 5 digits long then. By experimentation, I found that dialling 77 then replacing the receiver resulted in the exchange immediately ringing you back. It was obviously an engineer's test code. We used to play a lot of practical jokes at our friends' houses by dialling 77.
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mcsporran
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7 of 14  Sat 20th Jun 2020 12:38pm  
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Ancestry.com have the British phone books from 1880 to 1984 online but I doubt they allow search by number. Membership is required.
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8 of 14  Sat 20th Jun 2020 6:36pm  
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On 20th Jun 2020 11:48am, VernonDudleyBohay-Nowell said: In 1987, Earlsdon exchange had numbers in the 7XXXX range and also in the 71XXXX range
Quite right VDBN, the Earlsdon ATE number range in 1987 was as you said. As a BT subs app and linesman, Earlsdon exchange area was my patch in the 70s and 80s and covered the areas of Earlsdon (obviously), Hearsall, Canley, Allesley Park, Chapelfields, Whoberley and a small part of Spon End. Most telephone exchange areas are determined by natural boundaries ie rivers or man made ie canals, railways or major roads. Hope this helps in your quest to find what you're looking for Jez in Somerset. Edited by member, 20th Jun 2020 6:57 pm

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